My wife saw a victim of violence, and the trauma brought tears to her eyes
Now multiply her tears by hundreds. Multiply her trauma by thousands. Multiply the poor education and the poverty. Multiply the joblessness and the imprisonment. Multiply the hurt and the anger and the pain and dysfunction, and then you’ll have a glimpse of why this is happening.
Our young people are attending their classmates’ funerals. Our mothers are burying their sons. Our fathers and uncles and brothers are in jail by the time they see that the government has the real trap house.
They’re trapped in systems that keep them from meeting their potential. They’re trapped in systems that are meant to bring them back. They’re trapped in systems that leave men behind bars and their children to fend for themselves. That’s the trap. That little place where Raheem and them sell drugs? That’s just the bait.
We can and we must do better than this. The violence in our communities is making other folks rich. Sending their kids to college. Paying for their summer homes. From prison guards to administrators, social workers and medical staff, everybody’s making money off of us but us.